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  •     Ryan Mahoney, the first-year coach of East Hampton High’s girls lacrosse team, said during a conversation Monday that his charges were still on course to make the playoffs.

        “We’re in sixth place among the seven Class B teams at the moment,” he said, “with six games to go.” The top seven B’s will make the postseason, he added.

  •     Mary, unlike me, who because I’m a journalist knows better, immerses herself in the depressing news that Henry dutifully brings to our door every morning.

        Immediately, I reach for the sports, which are to be found within the business section, whose contradictory reports on the economy often can be found on facing pages: The economy, according to the latest jobs report, looks as if it’s on the upswing . . . Yellen Mutters, Market Tanks. . . . That kind of thing. So you buy and hold . . . on for dear life.

  •     Once again, East Hampton High School runners ran away with Saturday’s Katy’s Courage 5K in Sag Harbor. Erik Engstrom repeated as the overall winner, in 16 minutes and 44 seconds, and Dana Cebulski won among the females, in 19:42.47.

        The race, the first of the season here, again drew large numbers. One estimate put the turnout of runners and walkers, many of them young people, at around 1,200, an impressive number, rivaling, in only its fourth year, the Shelter Island 10K and Ellen’s Run.

  •     Endurance athletes at home and abroad were in the news this week in the wake of the 70-kilometer Paumanok Pursuit, a 43.5-mile running race that took place recently along the western section of the Paumanok Path’s trails, and Ed Cashin and Mike Bahel’s return here from the Cape Epic, a 497-mile eight-day stage race in the environs of Cape Town, South Africa, that is known as “The Tour de France of Mountain Biking.”

  •     Things continue to be somewhat problematic for the boys lacrosse and boys tennis teams, though, with the arrival this week of Julian McGurn’s younger brother, Ravi, a seventh grader who is slated to play second singles right off the bat, things ought to go better from now on for Michelle Kennedy’s squad.

  •     Annie Kennedy, last year’s player of the year among the softball players in League IV, and a University of Maine recruit, pretty much single-handedly handled East Hampton High School’s team here on April 1, on the mound and at the plate.

        The final score was Rocky Point 9, East Hampton 0 as Kennedy drove in several of those runs, with an 0-2 double to the fence in the first inning and with a full count two-run double off the fence in the visitors’ four-run fifth.

  •     On the same course as last week, I’d like to think that not thinking is the goal when it comes to doing something athletic, tennis in my case, which is why I thought a couple of months ago that it would be good to attend East Hampton Indoor’s weekly “stroke of the week” clinics, so I could think about what I was doing wrong and could take heedless satisfaction in what I was doing right.

  •     East Hampton High School’s lacrosse teams embarked on their seasons this past week, with promising results in the girls’ case, and with somewhat less heartening results in the case of the boys.

        Each team went into the season ranked 17th in their divisions, though given the girls’ 2-goal loss here to ninth-ranked Huntington Friday — a hotly contested game that went down to the wire — Ryan Mahoney’s crew seems, at least in the early going, to have the edge when it comes to playoff hopes.

  •     The I-Tri empowerment-through-triathlon program has in it about 60 teenaged girls this February-through-July season, 25 of them from Southampton who have joined peers from Springs and Montauk.

        At the moment, the group, whose annual triathlon (a 300-yard bay swim, 7-mile bike leg, and 1.5-mile run) at Maidstone Park in Springs will be held July 13, is engaged in an equipment drive to raise money for bicycles, helmets, swimsuits, swim caps, goggles, et cetera.

  •     R.J. Etzel, the former star East Hampton High School athlete who recently moved back here from Miami to coach the varsity baseball team, and who was “forced into resigning” on March 21, said this week that the circumstances surrounding his resignation had led him to conclude that he had been “hung out to dry.”

        It was just two and a half weeks into the 10-week season.

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